• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Best whitening shampoo?

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Best whitening shampoo?

    Do you guys have any favorite whitening shampoos? Mostly to be used for regular yet futile attempts to make my mare's tail some shade of white-ish, and the occasional white sock scrub on everyone else.
    "You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed." - The Little Prince

  • #2
    This stuff is incredible: Healing Tree Whitener


    • #3
      The Lucky Braids shampoo and whitener work really well.


      • #4
        Quiksilver. For tails, I used to use some old lady rinse stuff on the Arab that I showed years ago. I'm pretty sure they still make it, next time I'm at WallyWorld I'll have to look for the name of it.


        • Original Poster

          Both the Healing Tree & Lucky Braids stuff claim to break the bond between the staining protein & tail hair. Any idea if they are similar to Nature's Miracle, which I have at home (thanks to a UTI-prone cat)?
          "You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed." - The Little Prince


          • #6
            Orvus paste, especially for lots of white (paints, white horses)

            For tails, dissove blu-kote in water and soak (work out the timing so you get silver, not lavender tails)
            OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!


            • #7
              There's a thread on another forum that raves about using "Goop" in the tails before shampooing ... I think you rub it in to a dry tail, allow to sit for 15 or 20 minutes, then shampoo out with a regular shampoo. It's supposed to be amazing, although I personally haven't tried it.

              My chestnut has a flaxen tail, and I've considered trying this method, but we don't have anywhere important to go so I haven't bothered with it.

              Here's a link: http://www.goophandcleaner.com/


              • #8
                I use Quiksilver on my gray horses white tail. Works well. If her tail is really dirty, , I sometimes do one wash first with Orvis and then do a second wash with the Quiksilver. Orvus suds more and takes the dirt out. Quiksilver whitens it - great when it's stained. I have used the Healing Tree product before and liked it, but only used it for spot cleaning.


                • #9
                  With my son's pony's white tail we usually wash it first with regular shampoo (depending on how dirty it is) and then again with Quicksilver and then finish with the old lady rinse for gray hair.


                  • #10
                    Quicksilver and Orvus Paste both work wonders. I'd probably do Quicksilver for socks and Orvus Paste for bodies, if I had to choose...happy bathing!


                    • #11
                      I mix Orvus and Quicksilver in the bucket, and then scrubscrubscrub the tail and particularly dirty places (knees, hocks, socks) with Quicksilver. I let his legs and tail soak in the Quicksilver while I'm washing the rest of my horse, who is almost white (and therefore desires to be dirt-colored).

                      I rinse the tail really well and then put on Cowboy Magic conditioner and let it soak for a bit. If his tail is really yellow I use this old lady yellow-out conditioner I get at the Sally Beauty store. I find that conditioning really well keeps the tail from getting re-stained, and doesn't attract dirt like Show Sheen or whatever. He's a jumper so I bang it halfway between his ankles and hocks, and when the bottom is really yellow coming out of winter it's satisfying to cut that stuff off!
                      You can take a line and say it isn't straight- but that won't change its shape. Jets to Brazil


                      • Original Poster

                        I'm going to spring for the Lucky Braids whitener on my lunch break. The Healing Tree stuff sounds great too, but the local tack shop sells Lucky Braids so it feeds my craving for instant gratification. Oh yeah and a bottle of Quiksilver (or similar) for regular washings.

                        My mare must be special, she pees on the bottom HALF of her tail. I bang it on the shorter side and it's still atrocious. Hopefully the LB whitener will work a miracle.

                        Thanks everyone for the recommendations!
                        "You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed." - The Little Prince


                        • #13
                          The great thing about WOW is the longer you leave it in the better it works. You don't have to rinse it out. Same with Lucky Braids. They both contain enzymes that repel urine and grimy stuff, not blueing or bleach.


                          • #14
                            Tail Bleaching?

                            I have used the whitening shampoos on this yellow tail and I have come to the conclusion that it is the color of the tail not a stained tail. He was born a chestnut and still has a reddish cast to his tail...it is darker higher up as in hasnt greyed yet. Any suggestions for bleaching or does bleaching not work on horse tails? PatO